Malouda unmoved by Jose return
Florent Malouda has moved to quash the hype surrounding Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge.
By Jamie Casey
Last Updated: 15/03/10 3:38pm
Chelsea winger Florent Malouda has moved to quash the hype surrounding Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge as Inter Milan boss.
Mourinho spent over three years with the Premier League outfit in a successful spell between 2004 and 2007 and returns to London on Tuesday for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.
The Serie A outfit hold a 2-1 lead from their San Siro meeting but much of the pre-match build-up has been focused on the Portuguese tactician rather than the game in prospect.
Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed his players are focused on their task and winger Malouda, one of Mourinho's last signings in charge, has reiterated his manager's comments by dismissing the hype.
"We are not thinking about the history, we're trying to make history," said the Frenchman, who was deployed as a left-back in the first leg.
"What happened in the past, I would say, we don't care. We're just looking to win and go through tomorrow evening. I hope it will be a great result for Chelsea and for the manager.
"I would say that it's more important for the fans than for us. We, as players for Chelsea, just want to beat Inter. As he's the Inter coach, we want to beat him too. That's the main thing.
"It'll be an emotional game for him but, as for us, you could see in the first game it was not disturbing for the players he signed here for Chelsea.
"I just hope that Carlo will help me win my first Champions League."
Salomon Kalou's strike in Italy means a 1-0 win would take Chelsea through on away goals and Malouda insists they will not approach the game with great urgency from the off.
"I'm not really sure that we need an early goal," he said. "We've scored the away goal so we need one to go through, and I think we must have patience.
"We won't go and rush at them to score an early goal. We have to be clever in this game and score, I hope, more than one goal."
Malouda was instrumental in the Blues' 4-1 thumping of West Ham on Saturday, creating two goals while also getting his name on the score-sheet.
The 29-year-old is delighted to have reverted to his natural position and is relishing the chance to punish the Nerazzurri with his renewed confidence.
"I was an emergency left-back in the first leg and, obviously, I'm back now to my normal position and I will play with the same confidence as I did on Saturday," vowed Malouda.
"It will be a difficult game. We expect a different game from Inter, and it's just about learning from that first match to make sure we get through."